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8-Night Irish Explorer Tour

Price: From $1,408 Per Person 8 Nights

Spend either 8 or 9 wonderful nights discovering Ireland on The Irish Explorer Tour! This guided bus tour from CIE Tours visits a wide variety of locations, covering the entire island. Your trip begins in style with an overnight stay at imposing Clontarf Castle in Dublin. Breathtaking scenery awaits on the west coast, including world-renowned Wild Atlantic Way areas, such as The Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Slieve League. Enjoy a rousing night of food and entertainment at The Abbey Tavern in Dublin and home baked scones with tea and coffee in Teelin. Explore artisan pottery and crystal factories, and shop for Irish products at famous woollen mills. Other tours and visits include Glasnevin Museum, Ulster American Folk Park, Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory, Lissadell House, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Cliffs of Moher, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7-nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 1-night in an Authentic Irish Castle

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Welcome Dinner at Clontarf Castle
  • Nancy's Restaurant in Ardara
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • 4 Table d'Hote Dinners
  • Home-Baked Scones with Tea/Coffee in Donegal

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Connemara Ponies & Traditional Farming Methods at Dan O'Hara Homestead
  • Scenic Tours of Connemara & The Ring of Kerry
  • Belleek Pottery & Connemara Crystal Factory Visits
  • Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer, Brendan Ferris
  • Tours of Dublin & Galway Cities with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Donegal Castle
  • Lissadell House
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • The Skellig Experience
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills


EXPLANATORY NOTE:

The popular Irish Explorer Tour offers two slightly different tour itineraries:

Tour A - 8 nights / 15 meals (Listed Prices are for this Option):

  • Start in Dublin/ End in Dublin
  • Dublin 1 night
  • Donegal 2 nights
  • Galway 2 nights
  • Killarney 2 nights
  • Dublin 1 night

Tour B - Extra night in Dublin at end of tour - 9 nights / 16 meals:

  • Start in Dublin/ End in Dublin
  • Dublin 1 night
  • Donegal 2 nights
  • Galway 2 nights
  • Killarney 2 nights
  • Dublin 2 nights

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Dublin (IE), County Dublin

Arrive at

Dublin Arrival (CIE), County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Clontarf Castle - More Info - Dublin (IE), County Dublin

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IE), County Dublin

Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Museum:
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Your hotel is luxurious Clontarf Castle, which traces its origins to 1172. It is a short ride from Dublin Airport and is situated a few miles to the north of Dublin city center in an upmarket suburb. Take a tour of central Dublin (pictured) to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history and a fascinating insight into life in Ireland. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Enjoy a welcome drink with your tour director followed by dinner in your lovely castle hotel.


Donegal (IE), County Donegal

Accommodation

Mill Park Hotel - More Info - Donegal (IE), County Donegal

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Donegal (IE), County Donegal

Ulster American Folk Park & Donegal Castle:
This morning drive north away from the city and through the heartland of Ireland to visit the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh. Here you will see cozy cottages depicting a bygone way of life in rural Ireland with demonstrations of traditional crafts and skills, used by country people for centuries. Walk through a replica of a sailing ship and then view cabins as they would have been in colonial America when settlers traveled to Appalachia. Travel on to Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle (pictured), built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century. The castle is located in the central square of the town and it was expanded in the 17th century. Today it is furnished throughout in period style and a guided tour will fill you in on the history of the region. Check in to your hotel, which is located a few miles outside the town.


Donegal (IE), County Donegal

Accommodation

Mill Park Hotel - More Info - Donegal (IE), County Donegal

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Donegal (IE2), County Donegal

Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass:
Head to the fishing port of Killybegs and on to Teelin. From here take a minibus ride to reach a point where you can get the best views of the Slieve League sea cliffs (pictured). These cliffs reach heights of 1,972 feet making them the highest in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking vistas as they drop to the wild Atlantic waves below. Back in Teelin, sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea. Travel out along the coast to Malinbeg for more awesome scenery and then head inland through the majestic Glengesh Pass for views of mountains and valleys. As Donegal is renowned for its tweed and knitting industries, visit a woolen mill to shop and see demonstrations of spinning and weaving. Enjoy an early dinner at the popular Nancy’s Restaurant in Ardara before returning to relax in your hotel.


Galway (IE), County Galway

Accommodation

Hotel Meyrick - More Info - Galway (IE), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IE), County Galway

Belleek China & Lissadell House:
Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory to see how the craftspeople shape and decorate clay, creating the world-famous fine china. This industry was founded in the 19th century to bring employment to the region and initially they created utilitarian wares for bathrooms before developing the production of delicate and decorative pieces. Visit Lissadell House, a magnificent country estate, built in the 1830s for the Gore-Booth family. This was the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Drive to Galway, check in to your hotel and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour around central Galway (pictured).


Galway (IE), County Galway

Accommodation

Hotel Meyrick - More Info - Galway (IE), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IE2), County Galway

Scenic Connemara & Dan O’Hara Farm:
Today explore scenic Connemara (pictured), to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. This region is sparsely populated as the poor land does not support farming but is home to many sheep. You will see many tracts of bogland where people cut and harvest peat for home heating. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Drive through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. See traditional methods of farming as well as Connemara ponies and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy free time before dinner.


Killarney (IE), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Avenue - More Info - Killarney (IE), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IE), County Kerry

Cliffs of Moher & Foynes Flying Boat Museum:
Travel around Galway Bay to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower, located on the highest point, for views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Stop in Bunratty for lunch (on your own) at Durty Nelly’s Pub or the Bunratty Woollen Mills before driving through Limerick and along the River Shannon Estuary. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum (pictured), which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s, when Pan Am Clippers used to land on the water. Walk through a replica of a Clipper and see memorabilia in the museum. Arrive in Killarney, check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.


Killarney (IE), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Avenue - More Info - Killarney (IE), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IE2), County Kerry

Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience:
Take a drive around the Ring of Kerry (pictured), possibly Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. You will see how every bend in 100 miles of road reveals breathtaking views as you travel between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, and the heavily indented coastline. Meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks. At the tip of the peninsula visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the history, flora and fauna on the nearby rocky island of Skellig Michael. This was the location for filming part of “Star Wars VII” in 2014. Enjoy a casual lunch and continue around the scenic drive. Pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. Back in Killarney enjoy free time for independent activities and discover some of the excellent restaurants and fun pubs.


Dublin (IE2), County Dublin

Accommodation

Herbert Park Hotel - More Info - Dublin (IE2), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IE2), County Dublin

Blarney Castle & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern Show:
Drive through the mountains into richer farming country on the way to Blarney. Climb to the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or, if you don’t feel like a climb, take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Shop for Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling north. Pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel (pictured), a limestone outcrop with picturesque ruins and continue to your hotel in Dublin. In the evening head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, traditional songs and music as well as a lively display of step dancing.


Depart From

Dublin Departure (CIE), County Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, after which you will depart for home from Dublin Airport.  After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding your flight for the journey home.


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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION
  • 7-nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 1-night in an Authentic Irish Castle

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Welcome Dinner at Clontarf Castle
  • Nancy's Restaurant in Ardara
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • 4 Table d'Hote Dinners
  • Home-Baked Scones with Tea/Coffee in Donegal

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Connemara Ponies & Traditional Farming Methods at Dan O'Hara Homestead
  • Scenic Tours of Connemara & The Ring of Kerry
  • Belleek Pottery & Connemara Crystal Factory Visits
  • Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer, Brendan Ferris
  • Tours of Dublin & Galway Cities with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Donegal Castle
  • Lissadell House
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • The Skellig Experience
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single travellers are very welcome on the Irish Explorer Tour - life-long friendships are regularly formed with fellow passengers! Single travellers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of US$348.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.
Dec 5, 2016 by Donald Barratt. Your Hometown: Lombard

Our Vacation was outstanding. The hotel (City stay St. Augustine) in Dublin was centrally located to everything we wanted to visit. The staff there was courteous, and helpful.Our visit to Roscommon was grand, and our stay at Gleeson's B & B was also nice with great food.Authentic Ireland did a great job setting everything up, and making our vacation worry free.A million thanks to Lonna a job well done.

“5 days in Ireland”

Dec 5, 2016 by Dan Karns. Your Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Authentic Ireland was referred to me by a customer/friend of mine....and... i am so glad he did. We worked with Shannon, one of the representatives, and i couldn't be more happy with the experience and expertise that she had regarding details of our trip. I told her when we were arriving and leaving Ireland, what were the "must do" things during our stay, and what kind of accommodations we wanted to stay in. within a day or two, she had a full trip package, with other recommended things to do while there, sent to my email. the price was very reasonable, and after going on the trip, i appreciated the fact we used Authentic Ireland to get everything set up. kudos to the site and staff, especially Shannon. anytime i had a question, she had an answer. regarding car rental, electricity usage, what kind of money to keep on hand, anything... she was so much help. thank you so much!, you made our 20 year anniversary "holiday" that much better! the only thing i can even think about regretting, was that we didn't spend enough time there we spent the previous week in London, and think we should have cut that shorter and spent more time in Ireland... but.... that can be fixed by another visit! thanks again! your friends in Pennsylvania!

“Ireland Adventure”

Dec 4, 2016 by Jesse. Your Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Had a great experience working with the Authentic Ireland associate! I probably asked 9 million questions (this being my first international trip I'd planned), and patience and courteousness definitely describes the person that personally handled my account.The trip was great as well, including an itinerary that was well chosen, then tweaked for us. Rental car was indeed perfect for our crew that was traveling, as well as the accommodations arranged for us. I'm more of a researcher, but the website definitely put me leaps ahead with suggested places to visit at our lodging locations, as well as places to stop along the way.One of the only things I would have done differently was the transportation for our time in Dublin. I was so glad that we did not rent a vehicle for Dublin, but the sightseeing bus tour passes were not the most convenient for our purposes, in retrospect. We would have been better served with normal city bus passes. I also would have passed on the castle stay in our trip, but perhaps we just caught them at a bad time, as everything was great there, except the smell of cat urine just on the outside of the side door near our room.Authentic Ireland definitely impressed both myself and the members of my family that joined us on this trip! Definitely recommend them! Really great trip and a good price!

“Wonderful First Trip to Ireland”

Dec 4, 2016 by Alyssa Sommers. Your Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

This was our first trip to Ireland. You guys did a wonderful job of taking care of all of the details in regards to hotels, sites to visit with passes and car rentals. Each hotel and bed and breakfast was wonderful. All establishments offered breakfast in the morning. They all had WIFI. After spending 2 days in Dublin we left for the west coast in the car we rented. We spent the next 6 days traveling around the west/southwest part of Ireland. Maggie was the person that we dealt with at Authentic Ireland and she was great- she noticed that our hotel on the last night was over 2 hours away from Shannon airport so she moved us to a closer location... and what a location a 5-star castle!! There are no other words then amazing!! When we come back which we plan to do... we will be staying there.

“Outstanding Vacation”

Nov 5, 2016 by Anthony M. Kolankiewicz. Your Hometown: Jerusalem

The company did an outstanding job of arranging our circumnavigational tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland over a period of 17 days. We did the driving ourselves with an upgraded rental car, which offered the utmost flexibility in sightseeing destinations and route options. Our accommodations were in a combination of country homes, B&Bs, hotels, and a couple of castles.. Even the weather generally cooperated over such an extended period of time; only one day and one evening of steady rain that interfered with our plans. Overall, it was a delightful vacation that encouraged us to return for catch the attractions we didn't have time to see. There were only two quibbles we would mention. First, some of the driving directions left a lot of details out, especially in trying to get through larger towns and cities, such as Galway. More details would have saved us lots of time. Second, we very much enjoyed every place we stayed with the exception of the Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage in Kenmare. Unlike all the other places we stayed, our hosts' main concern was saving money and doing everything on the cheap. No heat in the rooms despite a chilly, rainy night and two cloudy days -- very uncomfortable! No WiFi connection (the only place not to offer it during our entire stay in the country). Even the breakfast was second-rate. Few choices on the buffet table and canned fruit instead of the fresh fruit we received in every other location. Might be time to drop this inn from the inventory! Otherwise, a great trip that we would do again through Authentic Ireland.

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